Elizabeth Barret-Browning - Victorian writer. Sick throughought her life where she became addicted to morphine, she was 15 when she wrote this. Married another poet, Robert Browning, he was a fan of her writing. A religious believer.
(Created by an Italian poet, 14 lines ABBA structure, volta, love poem.) An extended metaphor about holy and blessed love.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.…
'How do I love thee?' Direct address, the tone of this poem sounds like a reply to her love. We see that she's trying to persuade him how much she loves him 'Let me count the ways' she delights in the idea of talking about love.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
'depth and breadth and height' natural imagery that also explains the purity of her love and also at that she loves everything about him. 'soul' religious language that shows that she loves him with her body, mind and soul. 'ideal grace' represents all of her spirtual part, God. 'feeling out of sight' this resembles how she is taking a leap with love as she can't see 'out of sight' what is in the road ahead of this relationship.
I love thee to the level of every day’s Most